Crime

Multiple defendants plead guilty in $4.3 million methamphetamine trafficking case

Fourteen residents of Kansas City surrounding areas have pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin.

The guilty pleas were entered this week in U.S. District Court in Kansas City.

The drug distribution ring operated from 2010 to 2015 and distributed more than 100 kilograms of methamphetamine and three pounds of heroin, worth approximately $4 million, throughout Jackson, Clay, Ray, Clinton and Buchanan counties in Missouri, according to federal prosecutors.

Two Kansas City brothers, Jose Ruiz-Salazar, 38, and Gabriel Ruiz-Salazar, 34, and two other men, Gregory Bullock, 48, also of Kansas City, and Joshua Bowers, 33, of Polo., Mo., were the main sources of supply for methamphetamine, prosecutors said.

They distributed the drugs to other defendants in the conspiracy.

The Ruiz-Salazar brothers and Bullock each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Under the terms of their plea agreements, Jose and Gabriel Ruiz-Salazar each will be sentenced to 10 to 16 years in federal prison without parole. Bullock faces a sentence of 10 years to life in prison.

Bowers pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. He faces a sentence 15 to 30 years in federal prison.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc

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